Three Charged in Florida A&M Computer Hacking Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Three students are facing conspiracy and related charges for allegedly hacking Florida A&M University’s computer system to obtain fraudulent financial aid payments.

Federal prosecutors in Tallahassee said Tuesday that 21-one-year-old Carl Joseph Coutard, 22-year-old Carliss Pereira and 22-year-old Christopher J. Wright are accused of hacking the university’s computer system in 2010.

They allegedly used personal identification information of fellow students without those students’ knowledge to access their financial aid information.

An eight count indictment accused the defendants of then changing the other students’ bank account and routing information.

As a result, their financial aid payments were diverted into bank accounts the defendants allegedly opened in the other students’ names.

Court records did not indicate whether the defendants had lawyers.